There are elements that dramatic romance films have to focus on at all times. The first and foremost is chemistry, without good chemistry, you have nothing. The second is story, is it predictable, and if so – what can they do to make it different? When watching a dramatic romance film, ask yourself if this film has anything new to offer to the table. “Your Sister’s Sister” has an interesting answer to that question.
A year after his brother has died, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still jealous off of the praise his dead brother Tom is receiving, claiming everyone had a preconceived idea of his brother, while he knew the whole truth. To help Jack sort himself out, his friend Iris (Emily Blunt) sends him off to her father’s cottage for alone time. It is at the cottage that he meets Iris’s lesbian sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), who wasn’t supposed to be there. After a night of drinking, Hannah and Jack end up sleeping together .
Iris shows up unexpectedly the next day, and it is soon revealed that she is in love with Jack, creating an automatic and awkward love triangle situation. Love triangles are not the most original concepts used in romance films, but if done right, should always be unpredictable. “Your Sister’s Sister” is one of those films that does that category justice, leaving the viewer wondering which sister, if any, Jack will choose. Well, that is what the viewer wonders by the first half , the second half of the film leaves the audience wondering if anyone will end up happy period.
The reason that Hannah was at the cottage to begin with was because she was recovering from a break-up. The relationship was seven years long, and no matter how horrendous a relationship is, seven years is a long time. That time frame is almost completely ignored in this film. It’s not easy for any normal person to just jump into bed with another person after such a long time spent with a significant other, especially if you don’t swing that way. It goes into further detail in the film as to the reasons, but that may or may not shake you the wrong way.
This film has a lot of speaking, and less overall story, but the acting was spot on. The chemistry between the three actors are unique and believable, and it remains its level of unpredictability from the beginning until the very end. Mark Duplass is doing a good job at showing his acting prowess in film. Just the week before this film is released, his other film “Safety Not Guaranteed” was released, which was also a great performance by Duplass.
All in all, this film has great potential, and it makes the viewer really want to like it, but it will have a drowning feeling in the end that we have all seen stuff like this before. It is a dramatic romance with tidbits of awkward comedy thrown in throughout. Yes, it tries to focus on how realistic and screwed up life can be at times, but it does so in a way that has unfortunately been seen in the past. However, presentation is always key, and they did a terrific job with presenting it as their own thing.
“Your Sister’s Sister” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Nov. 6!